The Hunger Games (Original Motion Picture Score)
James Newton Howard
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||The Hunger Games||James Newton Howard||1:10||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Katniss Afoot||James Newton Howard||1:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Reaping Day||James Newton Howard||1:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Train||James Newton Howard||1:27||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Entering the Capitol||James Newton Howard||2:28||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Preparing the Chariots||James Newton Howard||1:04||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Horn of Plenty||James Newton Howard||1:59||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Penthouse/training||James Newton Howard||3:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Learning the Skills||James Newton Howard||1:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Countdown||James Newton Howard||1:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Booby Trap||James Newton Howard||2:36||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Healing Katniss||James Newton Howard||3:04||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Rue's Farewell||James Newton Howard||4:59||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||We Could Go Home||James Newton Howard||1:15||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Searching for Peeta||James Newton Howard||1:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Cave||James Newton Howard||3:12||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Muttations||James Newton Howard||4:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Tenuous Winners / Returning Home||James Newton Howard||3:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
While The Hunger Games' soundtrack received most of the the attention at the time of the film's release, James Newton Howard's score also played a significant part in bringing the dystopian world of Panem to the big screen. Given the cut-throat action that makes up a large part of the story — in which children are sent to fight to the death to pay "tribute" to the nation's corrupt Capitol — Howard could have tried to match that action with his music, but for the most part his score is admirably restrained. Tracks such as "The Hunger Games," "Healing Katniss," "Searching for Peeta," and "We Could Go Home" subtly nod to the rustic feeling of the film's soundtrack with their use of strings, guitar, and dobro, but orchestral and choral pieces like "Preparing the Chariots" and "Horn of Plenty" capture the pomp and circumstance the Capitol attaches to the children's sacrifices. The big drums on "Countdown" and "Booby Trap" are Newton's main concession to pulse-pounding action, but far more often he wisely chooses eerie drones and percussion as a way to ratchet up the tension, as he does at the end of "The Cave." It's only on "Muttations" that he turns the brass, guitar and drums up to 11, but by that time, he has earned it. Newton's score is one more fine piece of The Hunger Games experience, even if it's not the showiest one.
Disappointed with score.
While a fan of the books, I was very disappointed with the score. Howard did not provide a recognizable score that could be carried on in people's hearts and minds. While recognizing that the Hunger Games is very distinctive from the Harry Potter Series and Twilight Series, I am very disappointed that the Hunger Games did not receive a proper score like that of the two other series. Hopefully, they will hire a new composer for the upcoming movies.
It's a Perfect Fit.
I'm so happy with this, it is exactly the right mood and I can't believe how well both the film and the soundtrack captured Collin's story so well.
Overall, it's just a bunch of ambient noise. Danny Elfman would have definitely been the better composer.
Born: June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s